Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant (hamstring) out vs. Los Angeles Lakers; Kyrie Irving available to play

TheBrooklyn Netswill be withoutKevin Durant for Thursday's game against the Los Angeles Lakersbut will haveKyrie Irving back in the lineup.

Durant is missing his third consecutive game with a left hamstring strain. He traveled with the Nets on their five-game road trip and continues to get treatment.

Brooklyn initially said Durant would miss at least two games. The team has called Durant's strain "mild."

Ivring, who missed Tuesday's game against Phoenix with lower back tightness, was upgraded from probable to available for Thursday's game.

The Nets' Big Three of Durant, Irving and James Harden have played only seven games together. Durant has missed 11 of the Nets' 30 games.

After being sidelined for all of the 2019-20 season with an Achilles injury, Durant is averaging 29 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists.

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